Life is never easy for whistleblowers – see Mordechai Vanunu, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden among many others. But in 1974 Karen Silkwood, a lab technician who had doubts about the safety of the nuclear plant she worked at in Oklahoma, died – in extremely mysterious circumstances – before she could reveal the information. It was her death itself that led investigations into safety practices at the plant. Joyce Eddinton interviewed Meryl Streep, who played Silkwood in Mike Nichols’s eponymous film, for the Observer Magazine of 8 April 1984 (‘The Karen Silkwood File’).
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